Postwar & Contemporary Design

Freeman’s Postwar & Contemporary Design Department specialists are highly regarded for both their knowledge of the subject and its current market, and for their skillful offerings of contemporary works at auction. Post-War design exhibits a freedom of expression, invention and experimentation that came in the wake of the Second World War. With the reorganization of labor and population explosion came new ideas about about materialism and design. Challenging the established notions of what made good design mass-production began to incorporate elements of sophistication and beauty into their merchandise, while at the same time new life was given to the small studio craft movement and the desire for hand-made works.

Our sales of post-war and contemporary design include works of American studio furniture, ceramics and glass in addition to Scandinavian and Italian design. These auctions highlight works by noted modern and midcentury modern designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Hans Wegner, and Phillip Lloyd Powell. Freeman's often features important works from the Pennsylvania Studio craft movement and New Hope School as stand-alone sections within our auctions of American furniture and decorative arts.

To find out more about selling your works of Post-War & Contemporary Design at auction, or to make an appointment for a private consultation about selling works of midcentury and modern design at auction, please contact one of our specialists.

Related Departments:  Prewar Design (1860-1940), 20th Century Furniture & Design

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